In a minute of appreciation, Rev Allan Thompson was recognised for his nine years of service to the board of Uniting AgeWell, the last three as board chair.
Uniting AgeWell board member Wendy Quinn spoke of Allan’s leadership throughout a changing landscape in the aged care sector. Allan had overseen change and developed strategic plans in an increasingly competitive industry. As well as changes to funding, the aged care sector began to focus strongly on consumer-directed-care to ensure people are valued at every stage and age of their life.
Acknowledging this different approach to ageing, in 2015 Allan oversaw a rebrand from Uniting Aged Care to Uniting AgeWell (UA).
Ms Quinn said that throughout the changes during Allan’s time on the board, he had managed to maintain and foster a strong relationship between UA and the church.
Allan Thompson told the Synod meeting that of all the (many) roles he has held within the church, his time on the board of UA has been the most fulfilling and enjoyable.
He praised the board as being extremely professional, and said the agency is one of which the Synod can be proud.
Mr Thompson said his appointment to the board was timely.
“Uniting AgeWell’s commitment to enabling all people to age well is commendable, I have personally taken that on board,” he said.